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Aparna Banerjee

Nationality: Indian

Gender: female

Date Of Brith: 23/10/1953

Present Position: Associate Professor

Awards Received:

1. Awarded University Medal for securing the highest marks among the regular students in Philosophy, at the M.A. Examination, held in 1975.
2. Awarded Satish Chandra De Gold Medal for securing the highest marks in First Class combining all the different courses of M.A. Examination, 1975.
3. Awarded Puspa Roy Gold Medal for securing the highest marks in First Class among the girl students at the M.A. Examination, 1975.

Academic & Professional Qualifications:

Bachelor Bacholar of Arts University of Calcutta 1974
Master M.A. Jadavpur University 1976
Ph.D Models of Social Scientific Explanation and some problems of Formalization    
Others Carried out a Minor Research Project of UGC in 2001-07, entitled Grades of Universality: Hierarchy of Being.    


About the Author

Aparna Banerjee is Associate Professor in Philosophy, University of Calcutta. She is the author of Explanation and Understanding in the Social Sciences (2002). She has also co-edited the book Ethics: Classical and Contemporary Issues (2010). Another anthology, entitled Morality and Religion: Some Reflections has been co-edited by her which is presently in the press. She has also authored various articles which have been published in various reputed anthologies and journals. Many of these articles are on Sri Aurobindo's philosophy. Her areas of interest are primarily Phenomenology, Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics and Contemporary Indian Philosophy.

Details of Books/Monographs

1 Explanation and Understanding in the Social Sciences Aseema Prakashan 2002
2 Ethics Classical and Contemprary Issues (Jointly edited) Calcutta University Studies in Philosophy - VI Department of Philosophy in Collaboration with Radiance 2010
3 Morality and Religion: Some Reflections (Jointly edited) University of Calcutta,  Maha Bodhi Book Agency In the Press


Details of Articles

1. Ideal Types in Social Science, Jadavpur Journal of Philosophy, vol. 6, no. 2, 1994.
2. Can we have True Stories in History? Jadavpur Journal of Philosophy, vol. 8, no. 1, 1996.
3. Explanation in Social Science, Social Sciences Research Journal, vol. 5, no. 1&2, 1997.
4. Inequalities and the Indian Csste System, Jadavpur Journal of Philosophy, vol. 12, nos. 1&2, 2000.
5. Can Justice and Equity be Accommodated within the Caste System? Sandhan Journal of Centre for Studies in Civilizations, vol. V, no. 1, 2005.
The details of the rest of the papers are to be found in the Preface of the present anthology.
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Integral Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo

The book is an in-depth study of the integral philosophy of Sri Aurobindo. It throws light on his fundamental ideas on socio-political issues and concepts relating to Yoga and knowledge. The well researched writings pointedly examine Sri Aurobindo’s views on nationalism, Western imperialism, morality, stateless society, human relations and education among other such subjects. Quoting liberally from Sri Aurobindo the volume delves deep into his understanding of the “divine” and the “human”; the “nation” as characterized by spirituality; and spiritual transformation relying on the brotherhood of all humans as multiple expressions of the same godhead. His philosophy of integral monism and the way Aurobindo makes frequent references to Hindu scriptures: the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Puranas has been highlighted in particular. How Sri Aurobindo stresses throughout on the dangers of imposed uniformity with total disregard for difference has been brought into focus.
Based on an analytical study of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and offering fresh approaches, the volume will interest both, the students and scholars of modern Indian philosophy and Indology in general.